for B&B Italia
The Siena bed offers an exquisitely minimalist aesthetic that conveys levity and softness and incorporates some clever ergonomic features. Its slim profile platform was designed to extend beyond the placement of the mattress to create a stunning perimeter reveal – its foam padding gently tapers at the edges to engender an overall softness to the horizontal expanse. The platform is supported by tubular steel runners that traverse the width of the Siena bed. Fukasawa’s placement of these runners away from the perimeter reinforces the floating sensation of the upholstered platform. The addition of an upholstered, canted headboard with its gentle backward curve at the top provides the perfect support for sitting up in bed – the curve even provides a place to rest your arm while you do. The negative space creates by the cant where it meets the platform provides a discreet easily accessed surface for storing reading materials.
Japanese industrial design icon Naoto Fukasawa is known for work that is simultaneously sculptural and functional. From CD players, cell phones, and electrical appliances, to furniture for sitting, sleeping and eating, Fukasawa’s work is always museum-quality. In fact, a wall-mounted CD player he designed for Muji is part of the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. Inspired by the outline and the shape of a volume or item, he looks for inspiration in the subconscious thoughts that humans have about objects.
Fukasawa has immersed himself in the electronics world since the beginning of his career, at Seiko Epson in Japan, where he designed products such as wrist TVs and mini printers. He also spent time in the U.S. working with companies in Silicon Valley, and was involved in the development of a design concept for Apple. He continued to dream up technological products when he returned to Japan, while at the same time taking on impressive furniture collaborations that quickly made him a household name in the industry. As a furniture designer, he has collaborated on award-winning pieces for B&B Italia, Driade, Magis, Artemide, Danese, Boffi, and more. Works like the Piccola Papilio lounge for B&B Italia reveal Fukasawa’s energetic approach to minimalism. The chair’s enveloping form is utterly simplistic and captivatingly artful at the same time.